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New Feeds on the Blog

Hi all,

I haven't blogged here since September 2004. It's not that I haven't been blogging at all during this period, on the contrary, I moved my blog to the Microsoft France Blogs.

My last post here was titled "I won't post in French anymore on this blog...". Well, not exactly. In fact, during the next days, I'll migrate my 440+ posts from Microsoft France blogs to here. I'll try to do this in a manner that doesn't polute the main feed here.

What's next?

This blog is going to become my main and unique blog. I'll make sure that my blog now appears under since I'm a Full Time Microsoft Employee. I suppose that at the same time this blog won't appear under to limit annoyance. There are still a couple of things I have to check.

One other thing: as you can guess, I'll only blog in French here. I've noticed that during the two last years or so, more and more people do blog here or on in their mother language, and it doesn't seem to be a problem for most of the readers.

So, Hi again and "A Bientôt" ;)

I won't post in French anymore on this blog...

Well, I decided to use a separate blog for my French posts. After a long period thinking about wether I should maintain two separate blogs or not, I finally decided to use this one for general subjects and discussions, in English, and open another one for more local news and subjects. As a result, you can expect seeing me blogging more and more in French - which is also easier to me since it's my mother language - and only post here to put my 2 cents on discussions and talk about .NET and general technology subjects that are not specific to France.

I now that no one cares, but I wanted to make this clarification though ;-)


Using Blogs.Trolls.Launcher;

Oh, by the way, we're not truncating posts or descriptions in the RSS feeds there :)

Almost Too Easy!

Almost Too Easy!

That's how begins the title of one of the latest DevX articles: "Almost Too Easy! Creating Cross-Platform ASP.NET Applications Using Mono". The article subtitle is really catchy too: "Running basic ASP.NET applications on other platforms using Novell's open-source Mono project is as easy as copying the files to the new system. For ASP.NET 1.x authors, cross-platform code is fast becoming a reality.".

You named it, the article talks about using Mono to run ASP.NET applications on non-Microsoft OSes. In the article, the author mentions as a place containing a lot of very valuable information.

Writing the code was not that difficult. Even if you're a novice at C# you'll find lots of examples with a few simple Google queries. The Microsoft Visual Studio documentation and MSDN Web site are full of good information as well. I get a lot of good tips from reading Web logs. For example, the site gathers feeds from various writers both inside and outside of Microsoft and aggregates them into a single feed.

Yes! I like reading such comments ;-)

Concerning the contents of the article, I agree with Yosi to say that the example is too simplistic, and that Mono may not be suitable for enterprise applications - at least for quite a long period of time. I'd be curious - if I had some extra time to work on this - to do an indepth study of what remains to be implemented (ie: what's missing) in Mono to build those large Enterprise applications and solutions that large ISVs need to target.

Windows Media Player 10, WMP 10 SDK and Managed Code

I've just downloaded and installed Windows Media Player 10 and it's SDK on my home PC. The SDK comes with a bunch of code samples, one of which is a fully functionnal .NET application (written in both C# and VB.NET, VB.NET developpers will appreciate ;-)) that demonstrates how to control the player, get properties like the list of titles of the songs in the music library, etc...

This very nice, since it will allow me to start the development of a system I wanted to build for a long time: exposing a bunch of Web Services on my home PC that represent Windows Media Player basic features (Play, Pause, Stop, Next, Previous, Volume Control) and titles management (Choose a preset list, choose an album from the list or a title from the list).

The client application will be written un .NET Compact Framework, running on a PocketPC with a WiFi card, and voila! The ultimate remote control that operates even through the walls, not like those dumb IR remote controls ;-)

Tomorrow is Sunday? That sounds good, I'll have plenty of time to start this project :)

[From France] Attend one of the 18 ASP.NET Roadshow sessions in a town near you

This is the second edition of the ASP.NET Roadshow in France. This year, the roadshow will visit 16 towns for 18 dates (there will be two sessions in Paris and Lyon).
If you're new to .NET and especially to ASP.NET and what to get an insight on this technology in one day, just register and attend one of these sessions. Here is the agenda:

  • 21/09/2004 Paris
  • 22/09/2004 Grenoble
  • 23/09/2004 Lyon
  • 28/09/2004 Strasbourg
  • 29/09/2004 Nancy
  • 30/09/2004 Niort
  • 05/10/2004 Marseille
  • 06/10/2004 Nice
  • 07/10/2004 Montpellier
  • 12/10/2004 Bordeaux
  • 13/10/2004 Toulouse
  • 14/10/2004 Pau
  • 18/10/2004 Paris
  • 19/10/2004 Brest
  • 19/10/2004 Lyon
  • 20/10/2004 Lille
  • 20/10/2004 Rennes
  • 09/11/2004 Nantes

More details and registration can be found here.

if you attend, come and say "Hello". The speakers will be Pierre Lagarde, Mitsu Furuta and myself. We do not know yet who will present where and when, but feel free to stop by and have a discussion.

Hard to believe, but true - How a very large project fails

Seen this posted on MrDave's Blog. It's about a large project in Colorado that has started in 1995 and that as of today an estimated cost of $199 million. You have to read the whole story in, just hard to believe.

My favorite:

“It is my understanding that the CBMS system as presently formatted still requires counties to ‘make up’ certain data, including Social Security numbers, birth dates, alien status and other personal data in order for some cases to be processed for eligibility,” Louis wrote. “The state is essentially requiring counties to enter false data into the case portfolio.”

That glitch is especially troubling because detecting false information is key to preventing welfare fraud, Drake said.

The state Attorney General’s Office responded Friday, saying concern about false information is unfounded.

“Entering false data into the system is contrary to state policy and rule,” Wade Livingston of the Attorney General’s Office wrote in a reply to Louis. “The state cannot assume any liability arising from a county employee knowingly placing false data in the system.”

Computer programers for the state have established temporary fixes for the problems, McDonough said. In case of a birth date, for example, welfare workers have been instructed to enter Jan. 1, 1851, in some records.

It seems that they have abused of the "Garbage in - Garbage out Design Pattern" ;-)

With a $199 million dollars project that has more than 84 workarounds, one of them being documented on a 300+ pages document, you don't need to find where the fraud is :)

As always, please include the standard disclaimer.

What is so exciting about GMail?
I see a lot of posts about GMail, either people offering GMail invitations, or others who look happy to have gotten one. I just don't get why there is so much excitation about a free webmail service with 1 Gb storage. May be someone can tell me?
[From France] ISV, Partners and Customers: Join the "Whidbey Ascend" Program!

Editeurs de Logiciels, Clients finaux et Partenaires Microsoft, nous vous proposons de vous inscrire avant le 30 Septembre 2004 pour participer à un programme de type "Early Adopter" autour de Visual Studio 2005 "Whidbey".

Ce programme - nommé "Whidbey Ascend" - vous permet d’accéder aux bêtas, de bénéficier d’un support technique via un newsgroup privé et également de participer à une semaine de formation début octobre à Paris. En contrepartie, nous souhaitons pouvoir communiquer avec vous sur la disponibilité de vos produits construits avec Whidbey lors du lancement de Visual Studio 2005.

En outre, Visual Studio 2005 est la première version de nos outils de développement à supporter Windows 64 bits, donc si vous souhaitez porter vos applications sur la plate-forme Windows 64 bits, vous serez certainement très intéressé par ce programme "Whidbey Ascend". 

Si ce programme vous intéresse, prenez contact avec notre équipe ou directement avec moi.

[From France] Learn to know your contacts in Microsoft France DPE Organisation

La division "Développeurs et Plate-forme d'Entreprise" de Microsoft France - ex "Division .NET" - compte un trentaine de personnes réparties en différentes populations, principalement un groupe Marketing et Evènements dirigé par Alain le Hégarat, et deux équipes d'Evangélistes, les Evangélistes Architectes sous la responsabilité de Marc Gardette et le groupe des Evangélistes Développeurs - dont je fais parti - sous la responsabilité de Daniel Cohen-Zardi. Cette division est dirigée par Olivier Ezratty.

Prenez connaissance des bios des membres de ces équipes, et en cas de besoin, n'hésitez pas à prendre contact avec nous...

Posted: Aug 27 2004, 12:54 AM by DotNET-fr | with no comments
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64 Bit laptops available in food stores

You do not have an AMD64 laptop yet? Stop by the grocery around the corner and grab one ;-)

In fact, this shop is known in France and Germany as a hard discount food store. A couple of month ago, they had an offering for an AMD64 desktop machine. May be in two month or so they will have a 64 bit Tablet PC ;-)

Posted: Aug 05 2004, 04:08 PM by DotNET-fr | with 10 comment(s)
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